Trips & Tours
- Updated on Wednesday, August 20, 2014 August 20, 2014
- You can register at either the Albany Senior Center (489 NW Water St. /Phone: 541-917-7760) or at the Albany Parks and Recreation Department (333 Broadalbin St. /Phone: 541-917-7777). Registration begins immediately for these tours. Tours are open to any person over the age of 18. Individuals may register in person or by phone. Payment is due at the time of registration.
- Register by September 15 and receive $1 off per trip.
- Registration for each tour closes 3 working days prior to the date of the trip. At times, there will be an early registration deadline based on tickets or reservation requirements. Any early registration deadlines are noted in the trip’s description.
- Return times may vary due to traffic and/or weather conditions. We will do everything possible to return at the scheduled time.
- If a participant decides to cancel, a refund will only be given if another participant is found. If a replacement is found you will be refunded by check.
- Unless otherwise indicated, all tours will depart from:
Mennonite Village: Located at 5353 Columbus St. SE. Enter on 54th Ave. Pick up will be at the Lakeside Center. Enter Mennonite Village on 54th Ave. and follow signs to Lakeside Center. Park in the large parking area southeast of the large brick building. The bus will stop at the building along 54th.
The Albany Senior Center: Located at 489 Water Ave. NW. Participants are required to park in the outer perimeters of the Senior Center lot.
Carino’s Restaurant: Located at 1825 14th Ave SE. Participants are required to park in spaces on the south side of the parking lot (The spaces that back up to the Mall entrance Road off of Geary Street entrance)
Participants should plan on arriving at least 15 minutes prior to the listed time of departure. All participants must be ready to board the bus at the listed time. We will be unable to delay departure for those not present.
OREGON ZOO (PORTLAND)
Take a walk on the wild side when you join us for lions, tigers, and bears (oh my!) It’s Senior Safari Day at the Oregon Zoo. Meet the animal stars up close and enjoy free admission, entertainment, animal chats, refreshments, and more! Flirty-eyed, long-necked giraffes, orangutans, zebras, and polar bears…they’ll all be on hand for the Senior Safari Day. Don’t miss the fun! Note: Please make sure that you wear comfortable shoes, as there will be a lot of walking involved. Fee includes transportation and admittance to zoo. Lunch will be on your own on site. Departs MV-8:40am/Sr. Ctr.-9am/Carino’s-9:15am
Tuesday, September 16
WAR MEMORIAL WALKING TOUR (SALEM)
Salem is a city rich in history with appreciation for veterans and the men and women who serve in our armed forces. Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is home to memorials honoring Oregon veterans and current service members as far back as the Spanish American War. The walking tour leads you through winding paths and lush landscaping, starting at the Korean War Memorial and finishing at the WWI Doughboy. These memorials are visited year round by veterans, their families, and civilians alike to honor, remember, and pay tribute to the amazing men and women who have and continued to fight for our freedom and liberties. The difficulty level is easy. Please wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk. After our morning hike you will dine on your own at nearby restaurants. Fee includes transportation only. All meals will be on your own. Departs: MV-8:50am/Sr. Ctr.-9:15am/Carino’s-9:30am
Thursday, September 25
THOMPSON MILL (SHEDD)
We’ll tour Thompson’s Mills for a unique reminder of the last 150 years of Oregon rural life. It is the oldest water-powered grain mill in the state, moving water from the Calapooia River to the mill head gates since 1858. Lunch will be on your own at the Corner Café in the heart of historic Brownsville. There will be time to browse the historic town of Brownsville before heading home. You will need to be able to climb stairs for this trip. Fee includes tour and transportation only. Lunch will be on your own. Departs MV-8:40am/Sr. Ctr.-9am/Carino’s-9:15am
Tuesday, September 30
This coastal community is nestled among forested hills and is in transition to becoming main street Americana! We’ll make stops throughout the town including a visit to the Yaquina River Museum of Art which features accomplished artists (such as Michael Gibbons) who have drawn their inspiration from the land and people of the Yaquina River watershed. Lunch will be on your own at Gracie-Mae’s. This small restaurant in Toledo, OR offers fresh, homemade meals that are sure to delight. This trip is limited to the first 14 people to sign up. Fee includes admission to museum and transportation only. Lunch will be on your own. Departs MV-7:50am/Sr. Ctr.-8:15am/Carino’s-8:30am
Tuesday, October 7
SISTERS HARVEST FAIRE
This fair brings together over 200 juried vendors of handcrafted quality arts and crafts, food, and entertainment. The small town of Sisters is the perfect destination for an ideal way to spend the day. Fee includes transportation addition to the Harvest Faire, about 30 gift and antique shops line the wood-planked sidewalks where art galleries and restaurants only. Fee includes transportation only. All meals will be on your own. Departs: MV- 7:20/Sr. Ctr-7:45am/Carino’s-8am
Saturday, October 11
TOUR BOB’S RED MILL (MILWAUKIE)
Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods Manufacturing produces more than 400 products, including a full line of certified gluten free products and an extensive line of certified organic products. Founder Bob Moore started the business in a historic flour mill near Oregon City to preserve the ancient craft of stone milling and to grind whole grains for the local community. With continuous growth and perseverance, they overcame a devastating fire in 1988 and then, at nearly 60 years of age, Bob rebuilt his company in Milwaukie, Oregon using the stones saved from the fire. Bob’s Red Mill beautiful new Whole Grain Store and Visitor’s Center is a 15,000 square-foot facility featuring an 18-foot high operational water wheel, displays of historic milling equipment, and a working stone mill using French buhr millstones from the 1800's. The retail store offers more than 300 Bob's Red Mill products, kitchen essentials and a wide variety of all-natural items from regional manufacturers like Columbia Gorge Organics, Oregon Spice, and Willamette Valley Fruit Growers. The Whole Grain Store & Visitor’s Center also features a from-scratch bakery and breakfast and lunch cafe using Bob's Red Mill's own products. After the tour we will have lunch at Bob’s Red Mill. Have a snack before you leave the house… lunch will be about 12:30. Fee includes tour and transportation only. All meals will be on your own. Departs: MV-8:40am/Sr. Ctr-9am/Carino’s-9:15am
Thursday, October 16
MULTNOMAH FALLS SUNDAY BRUNCH (PORTLAND)
Enjoy an abundant Sunday Champagne Brunch with impressive views of an Oregon iconic landmark. Plummeting 620 feet, Multnomah Falls looms above the historic lodge which was built in 1925. Fine Northwest cuisine is only enhanced by the breathtaking site from each table. There will be time to walk outdoors and visit the gift shop. Deadline to register: October 10. Fee includes brunch, gratuity, and transportation. Departs MV-8:10am/Sr. Ctr.-8:30am/Carino’s-8:45am
Sunday, October 19
PORTLAND EXPO ANTIQUE & COLLECTIBLE SHOW
One of the largest collector shows in America is returning to the Portland Expo Center. This must-see attraction features more than 1,400 booths selling restored, turn-of-the-century furniture, antique toys, china, and glass, vintage clothing, garden antiques, wacky memorabilia, estate jewelry, and more! Fee includes transportation and admission only. All meals will be on your own. Deadline to register: October 15. Departs: MV: 8:50am/Sr. Ctr-9:15am/Carino’s-9:30am
Saturday, October 25
HARVEST TEA (EUGENE)
The Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House has been a landmark in Eugene for more than a century. Although many changes have been made over the years, the house – with its carved and turned exterior woodwork, polygonal tower, ornate open porches, and large bay windows – remains Eugene’s most elaborate example of late-Victorian Queen Anne Revival style architecture. It is the perfect place for a harvest tea featuring freshly brewed tea, scone, tea sandwiches and a sweet dessert. Deadline to register: October 14. Note: The grounds and downstairs of the house are handicapped accessible. The upper two floors are accessible only via historic stairs. Fee includes tea, tour of home, and transportation. Departs: MV: 11:10am/Sr. Ctr-11:30am/Carino’s-11:45am
Tuesday, October 28
VERBOORT SAUSAGE & KRAUT FEST (VERBOORT)
If you love tradition, then you will love the 80th annual Sausage and Sauerkraut festival. For 78 years there has been handmade sausage, sauerkraut, and applesauce made solely by hundreds of community volunteers and generations of families that have been in Verboort for years. They serve over 17 tons of sausage to nearly 10,000 diners in a single day. Be a part of this grand community dinner, play bingo, view crafts, visit the bier garden and country store…enjoy it all! Fee includes transportation and meal. Departs: MV: 8:20am/Sr. Ctr-8:45am/Carino’s-9am
Saturday, November 1
Winner of 6 Tony Awards, this groundbreaking musical, loosely based on the career of the Supremes, takes you to a revolutionary time in American music history where three friends form The Dreamettes and learn hard lessons about love, trust, and the changing tastes of the American Public. Deadline to register: October 6. Fee includes ticket to performance, backstage tour, lunch, and transportation. . Departs: MV: 8:50am/Sr. Ctr-9:15am/Carino’s-9:30am
Sunday, November 2
CHICO’S FASHION SHOW AND OAKWAY CENTER (EUGENE)
Paint the town beautiful when you join us for this fashion forward show! We are off to Eugene and the Chico’s Fashion Show with designs guaranteed to beat the winter doldrums. Two of our guests will be invited to serve as models. If you’ve always wondered how you’d do on the runway, here is your chance to shine! Let us know if you’re interested when you register and we’ll do our best to put you center stage wearing the latest and greatest fashions. Lunch will be on your own at your choice of the many eateries at the mall. After the meal, spend time on your own exploring Trader Joe’s and the rest of the Oakway Center. Fee includes transportation only. All meals will be on your own. Departs: MV- 8:20m/Sr. Ctr-8:45am/Carino’s-9am
Wednesday, November 5
HOLIDAY BAZAAR AND LUNCH AT THE PINK HOUSE (MONMOUTH)
Our first stop of the day will be the Gentle House Holiday Bazaar in Monmouth. There you can shop a wide variety of hand crafted items and enjoy everything from yummy treats, Christmas items, and home décor, to hand sewn gifts, cards, jewelry and so much more! After taking it all in we are back on the bus and headed for lunch! Nestled in the valley along the beautiful Willamette River, Independence will be our destination for a meal at the Pink House Café. This classic old house in historic Independence serves a lovely lunch that has fans providing rave reviews. The fresh, Northwest ingredients will make you love everything they bring to the table. This trip is limited to the first 13 people that sign up. This trip is not handicapped accessible. Fee includes transportation only. All meals will be on your own. Departs: MV: 8:40am/Sr. Ctr-9am/Carino’s-9:15am
Friday, November 14
BREAKFAST AT LA PROVENCE BAKERY AND BISTRO (LAKE OSWEGO)
Experience a bit of France when you join us for a visit to this always popular destination. Enjoy one of the great menu items like a Crab Omelet, Wild Northwest Salmon Hash, Eggs Provencal, or Banana French Toast. After a delightful breakfast we’ll wander our way home exploring as we go. This trip is limited to the first 14 people to sign up. Fee includes transportation only. All meals will be on your own. Departs: MV: 7:10am/Sr. Ctr-7:30am/Carino’s-7:45am
Wednesday, November 19
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING (PORTLAND)
Find the perfect gift for that someone special when you join us for a day at the Clackamas Town Center! Santa’s making a list and checking it twice…you’ll want to as well! Whether you’ve been naughty (Not You!) or nice, Clackamas Town Center will offer many of the most popular stores for your shopping delight. We will make a stop at Bridgeport Village for a little extra shopping. Fee includes transportation only. All meals will be on your own. Departs: MV: 8:20/Sr. Ctr-8:45am/Carino’s-9am
Tuesday, November 25
MILL CASINO & HOTEL-HOLIDAY LIGHTS AT SHOREACRES (NORTH BEND)
Take a chance on Lady Luck, hit the jack pot (or have a great time trying). The Mill Casino & Hotel will be filled with all the comforts you’d expect from the finest hotel on the southern Oregon coast. The casino features Nevada style gaming, first class dining, nightly entertainment, spas, a gift gallery, and much more. This trip will also include a spectacular viewing of the Annual Holiday Lights at Shore Acres State Park. The brightest and most beautiful place on the West Coast shines as brightly as ever this season. This is a trip you won’t want to miss. Deadline to register: November 14. Fee includes transportation, welcome reception, admission to Shore Acres, and 1 night lodging. All meals will be on your own. Departs: MV: 9:10/Sr. Ctr-9:30am/Carino’s-9:45am
Tuesday, December 2- Wednesday, December 3
*Singles add: $60
“BABES IN ARMS” (EUGENE)
Rodgers & Hart’s 1937 Babes in Arms is the quintessential “Hey, kids, let’s put on a show!” musical, boasting one of the greatest scores ever written. A group of teenagers are left without adult supervision when their folks hit the vaudeville summer circuit, and the local sheriff is determined to send the loafers to a work farm. But the determined kids talk the sheriff into a two-week reprieve, just enough time to produce their own show and prove their mettle. The old fashioned virtues of a 30’s musical comedy are peppered with socio-political issues which have resonated for more than six decades, and which later become the hallmark of Rodgers’ collaboration with Hammerstein. It’s the sophisticated jocularity that makes Rodgers’ musicals with Hart utterly unique. Deadline to register: November 3. Fee includes ticket to performance and transportation. All meals will be on your own. Departs: MV: 9:50am/Sr. Ctr-10:15am/Carino’s-10:30am
Sunday, December 7
CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN (SILVERTON)
There is no time like the holidays to enjoy the splendor of the Oregon Gardens. Don’t miss this Christmas spectacular! Upon arrival you will enter the Garden and board the Holiday Express, where you will be whisked to the beautifully decorated Rediscovery Forest. Enjoy a traditional German Christmas Market, where you can find the perfect holiday gift from artisan vendors selling hand-made goods. Sip Gluhwein as you listen to festive holiday music and take in the smells and taste of the holiday. Warm up next to fire pits and walk among lit vignettes and through 150,000 Christmas lights in the forest. Fee includes admission to garden and transportation only. All meals will be on your own. Departs: MV: 2:50pm/Sr. Ctr-3:15pm/Carino’s-3:30pm
Thursday, December 11
“WALKING WITH DINOSAURS” (PORTLAND)
Dinosaurs once again roam the earth in this spectacular production. The show depicts the dinosaur’s evolution with almost cinematic realism. Walking with Dinosaurs has scenes of the interactions between dinosaurs, how carnivorous dinosaurs evolved to walk on two legs, and how the herbivores fended off their more agile predators. The history of the world is played out…oceans form, volcanoes erupt, a forest catches fire…all leading to the impact of the massive comet, which struck the earth, and forced the extinction of the dinosaurs. We will stop for dinner on the way home. They will be selling concessions at the venue if you would like to grab a snack to tide you over until dinner. Deadline to register: October 30. Fee includes ticket to performance and transportation. All meals will be on your own. Departs: MV: 9:40am/Sr. Ctr-10am/Carino’s-10:15am
Sunday, December 14
THE GROTTO’S CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS (PORTLAND)
With over 500,000 lights, 150 choral performances, a petting zoo, carolers, puppet shows, and hot chocolate, the annual Festival of Lights at The Grotto is a special event for the whole family.
This wonderful holiday tradition began as a gift to the community in 1988. The Grotto’s Christmas Festival of Lights welcomes all who want to be inspired with the joy and hope of Christmas. Through the presentation of spectacular lights, hourly music concerts, outdoor caroling, and other family entertainment, the Grotto’s festival surrounds visitors with the traditional sights and sounds of this wondrous holiday season. The Grotto’s pristine sanctuary garden setting with magnificent architecture, towering firs, and an angel covered cliffside as a backdrop is the perfect location for this Christmas celebration. A special highlight will be a visit to the Portland Speedway for their Winter Wonderland which is the largest holiday light show west of the Mississippi. We will stop for dinner before the Grotto. Fee includes admission to the Grotto, admission to the Christmas Lights, and transportation. Meals will be on your own. Departs: MV: 1:40/ Sr. Ctr-2pm/Carino’s-2:15pm.
Tuesday, December 16
EUGENE’S BALLET “THE NUTCRACKER” (SALEM)
This holiday extravaganza once again fills the stage with smiling faces of all ages as young dancers join the Eugene Ballet Company to tell this beloved story with its grand adventures taken by Clara and Hans. With live music and the angelic voices of the Festival Singers, The Nutcracker brings the holiday spirit into focus, transporting you through Clara's dreams and the wondrous characters she encounters along the way. With the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier as guides, you'll fly away to the Snow Kingdom and the Land of the Sweets, but not before battling the Mouse King and his pirate henchmice. Deadline to register: October 29. Fee includes ticket to performance and transportation. All meals will be on your own. Note: This performance will be held in Salem at the Elsinore Theater. Departs: MV: 4:10pm/Sr. Ctr-4:30pm/Carino’s-4:45pm
Thursday, December 18